Re: FURMAGER #general
"Adrian Furminger" <email@example.com> wrote in
"Since it is quite clear fromI would suggest that you are more likely to explore the origins of the word
by talking to an (academic) expert in Medieval or Norman French.
For what it is worth I don't imagine that it is a Jewish word.
I do note that there is a reference in
http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/community/exe/history/medievaljew.htm to a
Joseph Furmager who was "one of the leaders of (pre-Expulsion) Bristol
Jewry". Given that the Jews of England arrived with the Normans I don't see
why the name should have a specific Jewish origin - but rather be the French
which it sounds like.
Indeed this church record
refers to Robert le Furmager.
As an aside anyone can publish anything on the Internet which is not the
normal means of academic review. You have now used as a reference on your
website this source on the Internet in which anyone can write anything they
like without any peer review.
In modern times these would be called rumours - they are quite difficult to
disprove today - let alone with reference to 800 years ago.
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Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany)
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on leaving Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?) (Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov,